Rushville Republican


October 1, 2013

Local gun club still shooting forward

After more than 80 years, the Rush County Conservation Club is still a viable and growing organization.

In 1930, a number of Rush County residents including J. Arthur Wilson, William Caldwell, Dr. George King, Glenn Conner, Russell Norris and Monte and Edwin Howell sought a means to hold regular trap shooting events as well as fishing and hunting activities.

Originally, events were held at what later became the Rushville Airport located at U.S. 52 and Airport Road.

Membership steadily increased and eight years later the club incorporated. In 1954 members decided that a more up-to-date facility was needed and the Rushville Conservation Club moved to its current location at 1204 East State Road 44.

Following a number of fundraising events and volunteer hours, the clubhouse was built in 1956.

Two permanent trapshooting ranges currently are located on the club grounds. The organization is also an active participant in the 4-H Safe Shooters Club and the Boy Scouts of America. Club volunteers strive to educate and instruct firearm handling and conservation education programs.

According to member Danny Bennett, members are very proactive and currently host trap shooting events each Tuesday evening at 4 p.m.

“We also hold ATA registered trap shoots the fourth Sunday of each month, April through October,” Bennett said.

Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106

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